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6918th RSM/SS Hakata Japan

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Message Number: 487 - Tuesday, September 4, 2018 22:01:30 EDT
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Name:  Jim Johnson
Service Branch:  USAF
Years at Hakata:  9/62 - 7/65
Flight or Trick:  6013th Support Squadron
Highest Rank at Hakata:  A1C
Comments:

During my years at Brady/Hakata I knew there were several 6918thers who were members of the Itazuke Rod and Gun Club. I remember Pappy Wagter wearing his Skeet Club jacket on occasion. What I am looking for is the name of the Officer from the "18th" who was the Skeet Club Champion. Can anyone provide a rank and name? Thanks much.


Message Number: 486 - Thursday, August 9, 2018 14:16:09 EDT
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Name:  Chuck Redepenning
Service Branch:  USAF Dependent
Years at Hakata:  1967-1968
Comments:

I was in 5th and 6th grade. My dad ran the commissary. Loved living there. We had a nice house with the back yard on the sea of Japan over a sand dune. Very near the reef that jutted out from the cliff. I used to walk the beach each morning before school and find the coolest things from shells to glass balls used for the finishing nets of the nearby fishing village. Would love to return.


Message Number: 485 - Wednesday, August 8, 2018 15:25:13 EDT
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Name:  David M Fox
Service Branch:  USAF
Years at Hakata:  1971-1972
Flight or Trick:  6348th USAF Dispensary (PACAF)
Highest Rank at Hakata:  Captain
Comments:

I, along with my wife and two young sons, arrived at the Itazuke AB on a contract flight from Yokohama AB on July 4, 1971. All the buildings on the flight line were closed and shuttered and the grass and weeds were shoulder high. I was in shock because I was never told the Base was closing. Col. (Dr.) Willard Johnson, the Dispensary Commander met us on the flight line in his POV and drove us to the Kasugabaru Family Housing Annex, where we were introduced to a huge old wooden one story hospital that was being operated as a 10 or 20 bed dispensary. I quickly learned that the KFHA was in the process of closing and there was only a caretaker force left on the Annex that was responsible to closing it down. We were also responsible for and staffed an outpatient clinic at Hakata Air Station (formerly Brady). My government quarters were adjacent to the old hospital building and while we were in the process of closing down the Annex medical facility, I was administering a contract to upgrade the medical clinic at Hakata and convert it to a 10 bed inpatient dispensary. By Dec. 1971, the Annex was closed and we move to quarters 809A, which was separated from the beach by some pine trees and sand dune. In January 1972, I received a classified message that Hakata would be close by June 1972 and that we were to continue the renovation contract so that we did not tip off the Japanese that we were closing the base. When my wife quested me after I told her to use sheets and towels to cover the windows rather than making new courtains, all I could tell her was “trust me”. Hakata was my favorite assignment during my 21 years in the Air Force. I have lots of stories about my time there, but am running out of space. Hope there are some other medics in this group.


Message Number: 484 - Saturday, July 28, 2018 13:30:27 EDT
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Name:  Ben Cohen
Service Branch:  Army
Years at Hakata:  1964-67
Flight or Trick:  4 ?
Highest Rank at Hakata:  E6 SSG
Comments:

Wow! Talk about a flashback! Had one of those Japanese style houses for $25/month. Good memories.


Message Number: 483 - Friday, June 1, 2018 00:37:27 EDT
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Name:  John Tidball
Service Branch:  ARMY
Years at Hakata:  64-67
Flight or Trick:  3 &4
Highest Rank at Hakata:  sp5
Comments:

loved it there.


Message Number: 482 - Monday, March 19, 2018 18:55:31 EDT
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Name:  Ivory White
Service Branch:  USAF
Years at Hakata:  Dec 69 - Feb 72
Flight or Trick:  Daze
Highest Rank at Hakata:  E-4
Comments:

Great time and experience at Hakata.


Message Number: 481 - Saturday, February 24, 2018 12:48:02 EDT
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Name:  Valdor (Les) Haglund "HAG"
Service Branch:  USAF-SS
Years at Hakata:  1969-1971
Flight or Trick:  Able Flight
Highest Rank at Hakata:  E-4
Comments:

Had a wonderful experience at Hakata and my first experience outside the US (as a 19-yr old). Met some great friends there (Ken Usyak & Wayne Graczyk) who both stayed and married Japanese women & raised families. Met some great Army guys as well and we had quite a band "The Expos" that played in downtown Fukuoka and some of the nearby bases (Sasebo). After my tour at Hakata, went to Osan AB with the 6903rd to finish out my USAF enlistment........certainly was a heck of a lot different in Korea :-)








Message Number: 480 - Monday, February 19, 2018 13:39:21 EDT
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Name:  James Johnson
Service Branch:  USAF
Years at Hakata:  1966 - 1968
Flight or Trick:  Medical Dispensary
Highest Rank at Hakata:  A1C
Comments:

I really enjoyed by tour of duty at Itazuke and Hakata. I worked at the medical dispensary and our living quarters was three condemned rooms off of the back of the dispensary building at Hakata. Still it was the best assignment I had in 30 years of military service. I met a local girl from Fukuoka during my tour at Hakata. From Hakata, I went to Viet Nam for one year. Leaving Viet Nam, I was assigned to Tachkiawa AFB Base Hospital. I took leave and went back to Fukuoka and brought my future wife back to Tachikawa in January 1969. We were married in Tokyo in March 1969 anf have been together ever since.


Message Number: 479 - Saturday, February 10, 2018 20:42:03 EDT
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Name:  David A Moudry
Service Branch:  U.S. Navy
Years at Hakata:  1.5
Flight or Trick:  Naval Security Group
Highest Rank at Hakata:  CT3 (Petty Officer Third Class - E4)
Comments:

With Air Force, Army and Naval personnel assigned to Camp Brady, I found it to be the most unique duty station of any at which I served. I enjoyed working, partying, swimming, watching the motorcycle races at the old airfield, and exploring the islands (both Shikanoshima and Kyushu) with my fellow service members. It was a great opportunity to make new friends and learn their culture, including the language and some of the history of the area - especially Nagasaki. The Japanese people were very gracious and hospitable. Fond memories of the early 60s. The only downside was the Army chow in the dining hall!


Message Number: 478 - Thursday, February 8, 2018 09:55:17 EDT
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Name:  Arlee Schweim
Service Branch:  USMC
Years at Hakata:  1970
Highest Rank at Hakata:  cpl
Comments:

Was assigned from Torii station Okinawa TAD to Brady for 3 months,was extended to 6 months.What a great time!!!Started a band at the USO and played various places.Drank alot in Saito,now that I think of it drank alot in Fukoka.Best time I had in the Marine Corps! Did not have alot of marines there(none).Put me in the officers barracks,Wow those guys had nice accomodations..